after how many weeks a turkey hen start laying eggs are they fertile

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by turkeybreeder, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. turkeybreeder

    turkeybreeder Songster

    May 30, 2010
    Mesa Arizona
    one of my turkey hens is started laying eggs
    after how many weeks are they 100 percent fertile
    this is going to be their third week
    we had ate them the first two weeks
    heard someone say after 5 weeks

  2. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

    Jan 25, 2010
    Monticello, Arkansas
    Varies with each male/female. I would go ahead and set them. Candle after about 10-14 days and toss the clear eggs. If you get a few it will be worth it.
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Did you notice or look for the bullseye on the yolks from the ones you ate? If you are waiting for 100% then you will be waiting for sometime! Fertility in not at it's best on the hens first year. It also depends on your tom and how often he breeds her and his age too. I would throw some in the bator and see what happens.
  4. TV

    TV Songster

    Aug 26, 2009
    A friend of mine had his Royal Palms start laying in early Jan. and put all 14 (so far) in the incubator. 4 have hatched and all but 1 are developing.
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have Royal Palms.. I start setting the eggs as soon as they start laying ..

    If you take notice, the turkeys will start mating before they start laying.. therefore I cannot believe that yoou have to wait 5 weeks.. that would be half of the expected eggs wasted..

    the Tom does not have to fertilize each egg individually..

    one breeding will go a long way/....
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011

  6. Thomasturkey

    Thomasturkey Chirping

    Jan 14, 2011
    The semen of many turkeys is not fertile early in the year. It is not for the lack of trying.
    [​IMG] 2011 Microsoft Terms PrivacyAbout our adsAdvertise Help Center FeedbackEnglish
  7. SED

    SED Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    North West Alabama
    I have gotten 40 or 50 eggs so far this year and have only had 2 or 3 fertile eggs. They are 10 months old and have been laying for about 3 weeks or so.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by